Monday, May 28, 2012

This Time Worth a Star

Last week, I wrote about a restaurant that had received one star from the Michelin Guide but did not seem to be even trying to be a restaurant of that caliber.  This week I had the opportunity to dine at another one star restaurant: Quince in San Francisco.  Quince is the epitome of fine dining - excellent service, memorable food, and a superb wine list.

From the moment we walked in, the service was attentive without being overbearing.  We were attended by multiple servers, all of whom knew the menu inside-out.  When the sommelier saw me reviewing the wine list, he came over to see if he could be of some service.  He was.  When we had questions about the ingredients in our dishes, the servers were able to answer them.

Quince offers a four-course, prix fixe menu as well as a ten-course tasting menu.  We opted for the latter.  Each dish was a fascinating blend of flavors and textures. Most of the dishes featured seafood but one used chicken and two others included lamb.  While we were quite full when the optional cheese course was offered to us, we couldn't resist.  A cart with an array of varied and interesting cheeses was wheeled to our table and we shared a selection of three delicious cheeses.

Dining at Quince is a memorable experience.  It's not cheap, so this is a restaurant to go to celebrate a special occasion.  I would not be surprised if next year's Michelin Guide awards Quince another star.

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